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Girls' Night In [Paperback]

Jessica Adams , Chris Manby , Fiona Walker
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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3 July 2000

An unparalleled collection of stories especially written by today’s best young female writers, to be published in aid of War Child, the charity dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children affected by war.

Top authors Jessica Adams, Fiona Walker and Chris Manby have asked some of today’s bestselling young women writers to contribute stories to an anthology to be published in aid of War Child. Just a few of the contributors are Candace Bushnell (Sex in the City), Jane Green, Lisa Jewell (Ralph’s Party), Wendy Holden (Simply Divine), Isabel Wolff, Marian Keyes, Freya North, Fiona Walker, Cathy Kelly, Patricia Scanlan, Clare Naylor, Josie Lloyd and Jenny Colgan.

All profits from the publication will go directly to War Child.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Paperback Edition edition (3 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006514855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006514855
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

If you're here for the astrology, you can see my daily horoscopes at Cosmopolitan magazine, weekly horoscopes for The Australian Women's Weekly and year-ahead horoscopes from Vogue magazine via my website

Not here for the astrology? If you're interested in my novels, then stay tuned as in 2013 I'll publish my first book for young adults.

I'm the editor of The Holiday Goddess Guide to Paris, London, New York and Rome and you can find the website at

Here for the erotica anthology In Bed With? I joined Maggie Alderson, Imogen Edwards-Jones and Kathy Lette in editing this #1 Amazon erotica anthology bestseller and it's available now, for your Kindle or laptop.

My charity commitment to War Child continues into 2013 with the continued success of the bestselling Girls' Night In and Kids' Night In series, which to date has raised over $3 million for the charity and featured everyone from J.K.Rowling to Kate Moss!

Thanks for dropping by. You can follow me on twitter @jessicacadams

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Amazon Review

Most girls know the best nights in consist of other girlie friends, a few bottles of vino (or devilish cocktail concoctions) and a good goss. A Girls Night In provides all this and more between the pages of its cover. A collection of short stories by 32 of the UK's most up-and-coming female authors, this intoxicating anthology is a heady blend of heartbreaks, highs and hit-and-misses. With each writer's distinct perspective and personal style flowing, no two stories are alike--although they all deal with a perennial theme: the battle of the sexes. Contributors include Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell, Wendy Holden, Amy Jenkins and many, many more. Marian Keyes' "The Truth is Out There" is an unusual, screwball spin on getting over a broken heart--a young woman in the process of a break-up is unwittingly assisted by "a small, yellow, transparent creature who liked to be called Bib", with an eye for the ladies. Lisa Jewell's "Rudy" looks at affairs of the heart from a rare male perspective--the stalker--leaving many a reader, oddly enough, with a wry smile. Innovative, wacky titles abound to induce the reader in: "E-Male of the Species", "Dougie, Spoons and the Aquarium Solarium" and "The Seven Steps from Shag to Spouse". Whether you are drawn to a familiar writer or someone new, you can dip in and out of these tales at whim, gaining a taster of whether you could enjoy a full course of their longer fiction. Either way, raise a glass to toast this eclectic mix of authors united to raise funds for War Child. Proceeds--£1 from every book sold--will promote a Child's Safe Play programme in the Balkans and an educational programme in Rwanda. --Nicola Perry

From the Back Cover

An unparalleled collection of stories especially written by today's best young female writers, published in aid of War Child, the charity dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children affected by war.

Edited by top authors Jessica Adams, Fiona Walker and Chris Manby, 'Girl’s Night In' features some of today's best-selling young women writers who have contributed stories to this anthology, published in aid of War Child. All profits from the publication will go directly to War Child.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bite sized morsels of hilarity and heartbreak 15 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Two stories into "Girls night in" and I was saying to myself "I really must lend this to Sarah, Penny, Michelle, Pam ...... (fill in blank) they will love it!". I tried limiting myself to 1 story per night so I could savour the enjoyment for longer, but couldn't put it down and ended up reading about 5 per night instead.
The stories contain the joy of female friendships, the disillusionment of heartbreak, the excitement of new love/lust and the sweet taste of revenge. Familiar themes to most of us, you will find yourself reading this and recognising large chunks of your own life between the pages.
My first instinct was to say that this book would really suit women from 25-45 but I actually think that it is a read for all the girls out there, whatever your age.
The saddest stories are poignant rather than teary, and overall it is light and would be perfect in-the-bath or lunchbreak reading.
I have been delighted by the humour and wit of these talented authors and heartily recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Singing the same song .. 7 July 2000
By A Customer
You only have to read a few "city girl" books before you realise they're all pretty similar, and unfortunately the same is true of the stories in this book. Most follow those tried and true formulae -- either (a) dowdy girl victimised by gorgeous but horrible school friend, who can't cope when dowdy girl gets a life and (b) woman in relationship with unsuitable man who breaks up with him and finds fulfilment, usually in the arms of another. Not to say there's anything wrong with that, but in a book of short stories the similarities become a hell of a lot more apparent. The best stories are the ones where the writer's tried to do something different -- Stella Duffy turns in her usual beautifully crafted prose, while Jenny Colgan's hapless snake fans made me laugh. And Marian Keyes weaves a brilliant yarn about an alien visiting earth (and I'm a sci-fi-phobe at the best of times). For those stories alone, it's worth buying .. especially if you're a fan of this kind of writing .. but be prepared to do a bit of page-turning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For a good cause 5 July 2000
By A Customer
I bought this book because I love reading this type of female 'Bridget Jones' novels and all the top authors - from Lisa Jewell to Freya North have contributed.
I was a bit disappointed, I have to admit. On one hand, the whole idea of the book, to help a War Child, was obviously very sincere and touching. But that aside, the book is almost embarrassing as an illustration of the multitude of Bridget Jones copycat novels about.
I started off with Marian Keyes story, which is truly excellent. But then it went downhill. Ten stories later, I had reached a point where I was foaming at the mouth and thinking - if one more story starts off with a Bridget Jones heroine being dumped / waking up with hangover beside a bloke, all written in the same queasy girly self-deprecating style, with hip references to Agent Provacateur etc etc - I am going to scream. The stories merged into one Bridget JOnes blur until I found myself reading a story which I thought by Anna Maxted, then realised halfway through it was Adele Parks - or was it the other way round? Cathy Kelly's and Claire Calman, who also have distinctive styles, read like a Jane Green. In fact, if you weren't told which story was by which author, you'd never know who'd written which one and it just left me begging for something different and original. These writers need to be a bit more brave.
But - 3 gems stand out from the dross. Lisa Jewell's entry is up to her usual very classy cut-above-the-rest standard - told from a male point of view, simply, and written in her beautifully readable, perceptively observed style. Jenny Colgan's was also passable - a kooky story with some nice humour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good fun for a very good cause 17 July 2000
By A Customer
My copy of Girls' Night In is stationed right next to the bath - all the stories are exactly the right length for a good soak and very relaxing too. All right, so it's not exactly EM Forster, but there are some witty gems and the usual sprinkling of zingy one-liners you can reuse on your mates as necessary. Like a good bath, the best stories have a lingering effect after the initial froth washes off; Polly Samson's story is as delicately drawn as you'd expect, and Helen Simpson's 'Hurrah for the Hols' is a more adult exploration of womanhood and the responsibilities of being a mother. With 31 stories from 31 authors, there will be *something* here that you like, which, let's face it, makes it pretty good value.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of the best in chick-lit. 24 Oct 2000
By A Customer
I must confess I only bought this book because it gave a percentage of it's cover price to charity. I don't usually like chick-lit and have only read a whole book of two of the featured authors, one of which I enjoyed, one I didn't. I found some of the stories very odd, some of them not very good at all and some of them wonderfully fantasic that have remained in my mind for some time post-reading!
I reccomend this book if you want an introduction to some of the popular female authors of the moment. If you're looking for insightful, meaty stories this is not for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars something for everyone
the sheer range of authors in this collection means that you're probably going to like some stories more than others, but there's more than enough here to warrant the price, which... Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Let Down
I though this book would be good fun, but a lot of the stories seemed boring and pointless. They just didn't seem to go anywhere. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Reads Hidden in the froth
There are excellent stories to be found in this fat and frothy mixture. It's worth buying just for Marian Keyes, Jenny Colgan and Lisa Jewell (funny, touching), Clare Calman... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute waste of money
After reading and enjoying the wit of the likes of Lisa Jewell and gang, I had high expectations of this book. Short stories should be punchy, amusing and entertaining. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars sorry excuse (what I read of it)!
I'm sorry but this book was awful, but saying that I never read it from cover to cover. After the first few stories I thought it was ok, I only read more because I was on a 4 hour... Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
The stories to begin with are excellant but seem to become samey as the book goes on, and predictable! However it is an easy book to pick up and put down when you want. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a variety, from hilarious to thought provoking
Wonderful book for a wonderful cause. I have enjoyed the stories immensely. Some are lighthearted fun, some are more intense. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not all chick-lit
I happen to need proper fiction as well as darn good entertainment (yes, I do mean the sort of girly writing that some people like to sneer at) when I take a book on holiday. Read more
Published on 22 July 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the spot...
This book is a great idea. With this many top-selling contemporary female novelists it will sell by the shed-load and raise tons of cash for War Child which to my mind is the main... Read more
Published on 19 July 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars City neurotics?
Reading some of the stories, I guess four or five they were, I really got fed up with the whole compendium. They main tenor was so sad and the stories full of neurotic characters. Read more
Published on 17 July 2000
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